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about the adjectives before nouns

 
 
6kkkkkk
 
Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 07:42 am
When i want to use adjectives to modify nouns, i always get confused, for example, if i want to say something about a coat, should i say "black long new coat" or "black new long coat". I want to know the exact order of the adjectives.
 
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 08:07 am
Generally, the adjective order in English is:

Quantity or number.
Quality or opinion.
Size.
Age.
Shape.
Color / colour
Proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)
Purpose or qualifier.

Examples:
three good large new long black French coats
a small round cake
a large red box
an old green cloth clothes bag


mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2016 05:23 am
@6kkkkkk,
anyway you like - As long as it is communicable, noone cares.
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neologist
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2016 11:36 am
@6kkkkkk,
Tes gave good advice. To which I might add if it doesn't sound right, consider breaking the rule.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2016 03:50 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
I think I get it right intuitively, but I had no idea there were rules.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2016 03:55 pm
I also write the adjectives intuitively, perhaps not correctly according to rules, who knew? Sometimes I make adjectives up for the fun of it. Some well respected authors have been known to do that too.
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2016 04:13 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
I also write the adjectives intuitively,

I think that list I posted, if you think about it, is pretty intuitive.
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2016 04:15 pm
@neologist,
Quote:
if it doesn't sound right, consider breaking the rule.

That's why I started my answer with this word:
Quote:
Generally
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